Visual Thinking Strategies gives an amazing way to implement skills for observation towards critical thinking as well as giving skills to enhance students social and communication skills. VTS gives students a way to use language in a critical way. Using VTS is a way to teach students how to apply the skills to daily content areas. For example, giving students the ability to observe, question and give a conclusion / proof is the same way you look at science, social studies, math.
I never heard of VTS until reviewing this section on this class. I find it helpful and empowering learning how we can use art to give strategies to students. When viewing the video and articles I thought of ways I will be using such strategies.
I also found the following link helpful for me to teach VTS in my classroom and to use in my lessons for all content areas.
yes - Love the connection you're making to how we expect students to develop critical thinking skills in other domains but often fail to model how this skill develops sequentially, beginning with visual observation. Adding more imagery will deepen the conversations we have at other times as well.